Day trip

Scottish Highland Games Day Tour from Edinburgh

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
Day trip

Scottish Highland Games Day Tour from Edinburgh

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 106.81 per person

Join this exciting day tour and experience the Highland Games in one of the 10 stunning locations across Scotland, joining the 900-year-old tradition of throwing hammers, battling in tug-or-war, tossing the caber, and attempting some Highland dancing.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Participating in the tradition of a Clan Gathering in the beautiful Highlands
  • Give it your best shot in hammer throwing and caber tossing
  • Get festive with some Highland dancing and bagpipe competitions
Full description

The Highland Games are renowned world-wide as a test of strength between competing clans. These athletic contests date back over 900 years and are a fantastic spectacle of Highland dancing, pipe band displays, hammer throwing, tug-of-war, and tossing the caber. And lucky for you, several Highland Games have been organized at various locations throughout Scotland, each with its own local charm and character, including the famous Braemar Gathering. Simply choose one (or more) of the dates below, and battle on!

  • Entrance Fee into Highland Games
  • Full-day excursion in a Mercedes-Benz midi-coach
  • Services of a professional local guide throughout the tour
  • Downloadable Audio Guides available
  • Meal options
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

Edinburgh Bus Station 26 Elder Street, St. Andrew's Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DX

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Please note: Braemar Gathering departs 8:00 AM (check-in starts 15 minutes before)
  • Please be advised that children under 5 years old may not take part in the tour, while anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no maximum age restrictions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

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A very well organised trip to a traditional Highland Games at Bridge of Allen. Our tour guide/bus driver was knowledgeable and gave us a great overview of some Scottish history…with humour. Enjoyed a quick visit to the William Wallace memorial on route and traveling via the Fourth Bridge on our way back. A thoroughly pleasant experience.

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August 9, 2022


Dougie, our guide, glided us safely and entertaining through the Highlands to Braemar (and back). The landscape, the appropriate stories and music tuned in greatly to the high light, namely the Braemar gathering with impressive athletes, drums and pipes at the parades and the Queen also came along! What more does the heart want? If you are in Scotland at the right time, you should not miss this event !!

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September 3, 2018

The photo presented on the site does not reflect the reality of the outing

I really liked this outing but I don't understand what justifies its price. The entrance to the Highlandgames was less than £ 10, I can hardly imagine that the bus journey costs £ 70 per person. Our driver was very friendly but as a Frenchwoman I could not understand these comments which seemed very interesting. Why not provide a paper document in French for French-speaking tourists. MIREILLE

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July 29, 2018

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